Why I Write

Why I Write

I’ve been running this blog for over a year now (and just recently hit 100 posts!) and it’s been so nice to have a platform to write. I wrote poetry from elementary up through high school, had a fiction/novel phase that peaked in middle school, and obviously now have moved to blogging. I’ve been writing ever since I knew how and have tried my hand at a little bit of everything. For me, writing has always been enjoyable. I loved class essays because it was something I was good at, but I would also write more “fun” things at lunch, in between classes, free time at home, on the bus, pretty much everywhere I could. I kind of fell out of writing during the transition from high school to college, only to realize how much I missed it after starting this blog soon after. And now here we are! Writing […]

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7 MORE Unconventional Things To Be Thankful For

MORE Things to Be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving! When I was *a lot* younger, I had a very negative attitude. It got to the point where, every single time I uttered a complaint, my parents would make me stop wherever we were and list 3 things I was grateful for. Annoyed and trying to outsmart the system, I would just list the cliches – family, food, a house, etc. As you can expect, my parents became unsatisfied with that very quickly and would make me go deeper with my responses. Flash forward to almost a year ago today, where I posted the original 7 Unconventional Things To Be Thankful For. A few months later, I embarked on my own gratitude journey and it has completely changed how I see the world (read the story here). Although it’s always great to show thanks for the typical things (family, friends, faith, pizza, etc), it’s just as important to […]

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100 Random Facts About Me | 100th Post!

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Welcome to another milestone! This is the 100th post on Sweet Tea Epiphany! I’ve been blogging for over a year now and I absolutely love it. It’s a lot more work than I expected going in, but it’s also a ton of fun! I don’t know how I was ever able to come up with 100 posts to write without ever running out topics, but I still have pages and pages of ideas just waiting to be written so we’re not going anywhere any time soon 😉 You know that time I wrote 1200 words about what I do every day? Well. In honor of my 100th blog post, today I’m sharing 100 fun facts you didn’t know you didn’t want to know about me 😉 I’ve been working on this list for a few months now, but I had so much writing it and am so excited to finally […]

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Every Second Matters

Every Second Matters

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend the first Every Second Matters Distracted Driving Symposium sponsored by the Travelers Institute, Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, NC Vision Zero, Road to Zero, and the National Safety Council. The Every Second Matters initiative is a national educational campaign launched this year by the Travelers Institute with the goal of reducing distracted driving and empowering all drivers to set positive examples for one another. I am very passionate about advocating for roadway safety, especially after a few good friends of mine were in some serious car accidents, seemingly one right after the other. It’s an issue that affects all people, regardless of whether they drive or not. At the beginning of the program, we were asked to raise our hand if we knew someone who had been affected by distracted driving. Every single hand in the room went up. I […]

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Why Our Resume-Building Culture Isn’t Enough

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What is the big piece of advice they tell you in high school in order to get into a good college? What is one of the biggest tips they tell you in college in order to get a good job? “You need to build your resume. You need to do impressive things to put on your impressive piece of paper to show your impressive employers that you’re impressive enough to hire.” I didn’t realize this until recently, when another member of one of my college organizations mentioned how hard it is to find passionate contributors to arts and service related groups at a STEM school. We are a very tech-oriented university and our students don’t always see non-professional, non-technical groups as beneficial, electing instead to spend their time with things better known for “building up their resume.” He was right. We have very much become a resume-building culture. We do […]

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Why “It’s Fine” Isn’t Always Fine

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We hear “fine” a lot. Like, a lot a lot. For a word that’s become so norm, so popular in daily conversation, it has lost its actual definition. It has downgraded to become a reference we all understand, but one that is so contradictory to what it was originally meant to signify. It’s affecting how our mind perceives and processes external situations; maybe it’s just me, but this new trend is driving me insane. This past week was one of the hardest I’ve ever had in school. I was falling behind, I wasn’t understanding the material, and really I was just lost in all aspects of everything. I wasn’t sleeping, I was completely overwhelmed, and I ate half as many meals as I skipped. It was a rough few weeks all culminating in one big finale. But what did I say week after week, day after day, hour after hour? […]

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What’s Our Problem With Commitment?

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Why is our society today so afraid of committing? I’ve seen it time and time again, especially in the past few years. People hate making concrete plans. They’re terrified about locking themselves into a lease or contracts in general. They worry about where to go to college, who to marry, and what career to consider. We completely stress ourselves out over so many decisions and end up just avoiding them entirely instead. Why are we always so hesitant about anything that resembles future obligation and responsibility?   Is it because we’re so incredibly greedy that we don’t want to limit how much we can get? We live in a very “more” culture, so when we put ourselves in a situation of settling down with something, anything, we panic because we think that’s all we’re ever going to get. We have a happiness problem, a lack of appreciation and gratitude for […]

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An Open Letter to Google Calendar

open letter to google calendar

Dear Google Calendar, Is it too early to say I love you? Is it too forward to say how amazing we’re going to be together? Is it too desperate to say I’d be lost without you? I know I had pushed you aside years ago out of stubbornness and my constant ambition to do everything different from everyone else. Now I know I never truly understood all that you are, all that we have the potential to be. You’re the one I always needed, but I just couldn’t see that you were right there in front of me. I’ve spent hours on paper planners, whiteboards, and sticky notes, but I never realized how much better life could be with you at my fingertips. You’re the most up-to-date, the most reliable, and simply the neatest. We’ve been together for a month now and you have changed my life. You understand me […]

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500 Words On Personal Values and Handling Judgment

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I hold my personal values very close to me. I’m traditional in a lot of ways and I’ve come to realize that not many people still see more old-fashioned principles as meaningful. I’m not going to get into specifics right now (though you can read one example from last year here), but I want to take this post to emphasize that you can’t let anyone influence what you believe is right. I’ve gotten a lot of judgment for what I think are important principles, but I refuse to let that influence how I live my life. It’s important to understand what you value because those personal values are what guide you. You don’t have to find every cliche in the book or adopt the noblest of ideals if those aren’t truly you; you just have to sit down with your priorities and see how they line up with what you […]

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What I Learned From A Summer In Construction

What I Learned from a summer in construction

As you may remember from this post, I interned for a contracting company this summer. I got to be out on site every day, working on a new middle school and it was so much fun! I can honestly say I found what I want to do with my life; after all, how many people can say they not once dreaded going to work in the morning? This was completely different from any other job I’ve had prior. It was a completely different industry with people I would never have been able to meet working in an office. I spent ten and a half weeks on this project and I learned so much more than I ever could have imagined. I could speak for days on my awesome experience, but I’m going to spare you my *seventy-page* document of technical details I compiled and give you the life-lessons I picked […]

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